Learning from the Righteous and the UK Government are embarking on a joint project to promote the British Heroes of The Holocaust Award, a scheme established by the Government in 2010 to honour British citizens who assisted in rescuing victims of The Holocaust. We will be highlighting this little-known aspect of national recognition of the courage of those people who refused to remain indifferent when confronted with the plight of the persecuted.

The recipients of this award include diplomats, private citizens and prisoners of the war. Their deeds took place across Europe and the resources being created will reflect each specific historical and geographical context.

As of April 2022 there are 44 recipients of this award. Below is a map that shows where each of these remarkable people operated.

The British Heroes of the Holocaust medal bears the inscription “in recognition of selfless actions which preserved life in the face of persecution”. To date, it has been awarded to 44 British citizens who helped or rescued Jews in the Holocaust; either through extraordinary acts of courage or by going above and beyond the call of duty, in the most difficult of circumstances.

This project marks the first time that all these stories will be presented as one dynamic educational resource.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities,
who oversee the award, is committed to building a long-term partnership with Learning from the Righteous to develop further educational resources to promote these largely unheralded stories of altruism.